No York County swimmer makes event final on Day 3 of U.S. Nationals
Day 3 of the Phillips 66 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis was the first day that no York County swimmer competed in an event final.
Spring Grove and University of Georgia graduate Hali Flickinger made the final in the 200-meter butterfly and 200-meter back on Tuesday and Wednesday. Flickinger won the 200 butterfly to clinch a spot on the U.S. roster for the 2017 World Championships next month in Budapest, Hungary.
However, neither she, West York graduate Courtney Harnish nor Manchester's Leah Braswell swam fast enough races during Thursday's preliminaries to crack the top eight and book a spot in a final.
Flickinger had the best result of the day of the three, finishing in 16th place in the 100-meter butterfly preliminaries with a time of 59.72 seconds, earning her a spot in the B final of the event. In that swim, she took seventh in the race, putting her 15th overall in the event, with a time of 1:00.05.
Harnish also swam in the 100 fly, but finished in 75th place with a time of 1:02.29.
Braswell swam in the 400-meter individually medley, widely considered the toughest event in swimming, finishing in a time of 4:54.81, good for 40th place.
Other action: Olympic medalists Caeleb Dressel, Chase Kalisz and Lilly King cranked up the speed on the third night of the U.S. National Championships.
King set an American record in the 50-meter breaststroke, finishing in 29.66 seconds. It was the world’s fastest time this year.
Kalisz won the 400 individual medley in 4:06.99 — also a world-best this year.
Dressel matched the feat at 50.87 in the 100 butterfly. Justin Ress won the 50 backstroke in another world-best, 24.41.
Winners of each event qualify for the world championship team.
Other winners included Leah Smith in the women’s 400 IM, Kelsi Worrell in the women’s 100 fly, and Kevin Cordes, who had a championship record in the men’s 50 breast.